Hesterglock Press is co-run by Sarer Scotthorne & Bob Modem // Paul Hawkins. We started in 2013, publishing themed, pocket-sized poetry anthologies under the name of Boscombe Revolution, as well as hand-made pamphlets of flash fiction and poetry. In 2016 we began to use print-on-demand services, which enabled us to start publishing books (without any start-up capital or other middle-class finance model(s)), publishing mainly experimental/innovative poetry.
In the last five years, as at October 2018, Hesterglock Press / Prote(s)xt have published:
- 5 anthologies, some of which have run to multiple issues
- 10 pamphlets
- 20 books
We have 15 more books `& 2 more anthologies scheduled to publish over the next 8 months.
Canadian editor, publisher & prolific poet Rob Mclennan recently asked my to describe my small press writing day. You can read it here.
We've organised many readings, book launches, literature events and co-curate (along with Sad Press & Moot Press) ANATHEMA, a monthly series of experimental poetry/writing events in Bristol and further afield.
We’re now in a process of change / flux. As we’re sure you know, there’s very little money to be made from publishing and/or from selling books as a poet/writer. Royalties are low. You really won’t make enough money to live off. Honestly. Like the majority of people, we have to duck and dive, do other work, find other sources of income etc. We’re from working-class backgrounds and don’t have certain advantages afforded to those of the middle/upper class. We try to keep our prices as low and make little money from publishing. But we enjoy it just the same. But we know there is an immense cultural & political value in publishing work that seeks to add to a network of protest; to challenge, confound, confront and to raise issues, make unseen/unheard voices visible/heard etc. We have an idea that this is more likely to be read if sold at an affordable price.
What is affordable? A very good question . . .
We work for a minimal living wage, whilst understanding everyone needs an income to sustain themselves.
So . . . we make positive links between non-profit & literary / political worth, as opposed to predominant corporate, capitalist values of financial return/profit/monetary worth.
In April '18 we started up a new imprint, Prote(s)xt, to reflect some new ideas. To experiment with a different model.
Prote(s)xt was established to publish work that is radical, affordable, experimental & anti-systems of oppression, intersectional, across form(s) & across discipline(s):
- we sell at cost price
- authors set their own price for selling their books
- all Prote(s)xt books share the same cover art & layout
- we publish via the best suited print-on-demand provider for each book/project
By supporting us; buying books, networking, collaborating etc you're also supporting the authors and will be helping to sustain our ongoing commitment to publishing radical & challenging books, collaborating with other artists and writers on projects that don't / won't make a million, but may well make a difference or a change.
Hesterglock Press / Prote(s)xt also aims to actively publish marginalised poets/writers who, for example, identify as working-class, &/or B.A.M.E. &/or gender-fluid &/or disabled by society who’s work is radical, experimental & anti-systems of oppression, intersectional, across form(s) & across discipline(s).
If you’d like to get in touch about a collaboration/project/event/idea, or just to say hi, you can contact us via the links below.
No neoliberal capitalism, or any sort of capitalism. Well, ok, we live and swim against the current of the C’ism word, so let’s just say we prefer revolutionaries. No homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, violence, abuse or misogyny.
Paul Hawkins works mainly in poetry, visual art, collaboration & performance.
Sarer Scotthorne & Paul co-run Hesterglock Press publishing mostly PoemBrut
& the avant-garde // experimental.
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